Mike Winston’s Best Bites of 2014

What a year!! I did something like this last year too, but oh boy was 2014 a doozy. I started off living in NYC, then a started a new job that whisked me off the San Francisco and Silicon Valley for a few months before ultimately relocating to San Francisco permanently. And along the way, I squeezed in a couple of vacations too.

Sooooo, I did a LOT of epic eating this year. And truth be told, I found it particularly difficult to narrow down my list as concisely as last year’s, but I somehow managed. So, without further ado, I present the winners (and runner-ups) broken down by category. I tried to cluster similar dish types together, but really they are in no particular order. Let’s begin!

And if you wanna hear about the 2014’s Best Cocktails, read more here.

Winner: The Best Brunch Dish

Lemon Crab Shrimp Cake Benediction
Full post about MyMy

Lemon Crab Shrimp Cake Benediction

Runner Up: The Best Brunch Dish

“The Bergin”
Full post about Joe’s Other Place

The Bergin

Winner: The Best Egg Dish

Duck Duck Scotch Egg
Full post about The Cavalier

Duck Duck Scotch Egg

Runner Up: The Best Egg Dish

Poached Egg
Full post about Salt House

Poached Egg

Winner: The Best Soup

Orenchi Ramen
Full post about Orenchi Ramen

Orenchi Ramen

Runner Up: The Best Soup

Turtle Soup
Full post about Commander’s Palace

Turtle Soup

Winner: The Best Salad

Tea Leaf Salad
Full post about Rangoon Ruby

Tea Leaf Salad

Runner Up: The Best Salad

Smoked Trout Salad
Full post about Maven

Smoked Trout Salad

Winner: The Best Sandwich

Pernil y Queso Patacon
Full post about Cachapas y Mas

Pernil Y Queso Patacon

Runner Up: The Best Sandwich

Calamares Fritos Sandwich
Full post about Huertas

Calamares Fritos Sandwich

Winner: The Best Pizza

Nonna Maria Pizza
Full post about Bleecker Street Pizza

Nonna Maria Pizza

Runner Up: The Best Pizza

Scottie 2 Hottie
Full post about Oak & Rye

Scottie 2 Hottie

Winner: The Best Pasta

Pici with Duck Ragu and Foie Gras
Full post about Perla

Pici with Duck Ragu and Foie Gras

Runner Up: The Best Pasta

Gnocchi
Full post about Oak and Rye

Gnocchi

Winner: The Best Sausage

Jalapeño Cheese Sausage
Full post about Kreuz Market

Jalapeno Cheese Sausage

Runner Up: The Best Sausage

Longaniza Plate
Full post about Sabor de San Miguel

Longaniza Plate

Winner: The Best Hot Dog

Tsunami Dog
Full post about Crif Dogs

Tsunami Dog

Runner Up: The Best Hot Dog

Cincinnatian Dog
Full post about Super Duper Weenie

Cincinnatian Dog

Winner: The Best Burger

Bash Style Burger
Full post about Burger & Barrel

Bash Style Burger

Runner Up: The Best Burger

Signature Burger
Full post about Delicatessen

Signature Burger

Winner: The Best Cheesy Dish

Welsh Rarebit Soufflé
Full post about The Cavalier

Welsh Rarebit Souffle

Runner Up: The Best Cheesy Dish

Chorizo y Queso Pupusa
Full post about Balompié Cafe

Chorizo y Queso Pupusa

Winner: The Best Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese
Full post about Beauty & Essex

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Runner Up: The Best Mac & Cheese

Mexican Mac
Full post about Homeroom

Mexican Mac

Winner: The Best Dumplings

Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings
Full post about Beauty & Essex

Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings

Runner Up: The Best Dumplings

Chicken Momos
Full post about Himalayan Kitchen

Chicken Momos

Winner: The Best Rice Dish

Cast Iron Lobster Jambalaya
Full post about Beauty & Essex

Cast Iron Lobster Jambalaya

Runner Up: The Best Rice Dish

Chicken, Pork, and Duck Congee
Full post about Congee Village

Chicken, Pork, and Duck Congee

Winner: The Best Curry

Palata with Chicken
Full post about Rangoon Ruby

Palata with Chicken

Runner Up: The Best Curry

Himalayan Lamb Special
Full post about Himalayan Kitchen

Himalayan Lamb Special

Winner: The Best Super Spicy Dish

Som Tum Poo
Full post about Lers Ros Thai

Som Tum Poo

Runner Up: The Best Super Spicy Dish

Mutton Roast
Full post about Aachi Aappa Kadai

Mutton Roast

Winner: The Best Tacos

Pescado Taco Nick’s Way
Full post about Nick’s Crispy Tacos

Pescado Taco Nick’s Way

Runner Up: The Best Tacos

Fish Tacos
Full post about Union Bar & Kitchen

Fish Tacos

Winner: The Best Burrito

Chorizo Super Burrito
Full post about El Farolito

Chorizo Super Burrito

Runner Up: The Best Burrito

Carne Burrito
Full post about Rincon Taqueria

Carne Burrito

Winner: The Best Vegetarian Dish

Vegetarian Samusa Soup
Full post about Burma Superstar

Vegetarian Samusa Soup

Runner Up: The Best Vegetarian Dish

Roasted Eggplant
Full post about Cafe Nadery

Roasted Eggplant

Winner: The Best Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips
Full post about The Cavalier

Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips

Runner Up: The Best Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts
Full post about Aliment

Brussels Sprouts

Winner: The Best Fried Food

Jalapeño Strips
Full post about City Limits

Jalapeño Strips

Runner Up: The Best Fried Food

Watermelon Fries
Full post about Yerba Buena

Watermelon Fries

Winner: The Best Dessert

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Full post about The Cavalier

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Runner Up: The Best Dessert

Cheesecake
Full post about Peter Luger’s Steakhouse

Cheesecake

Winner: The Best Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken
Full post about Maru Ichi

Fried Chicken Maru Ichi

Runner Up: The Best Fried Chicken

Hand Battered Chicken Tenders
Full post about City Limits

Hand Battered Chicken Tenders

Winner: The Best Non-fried Chicken

Chicken Lollypops
Full post about Aachi Aappa Kadai

Chicken Lollypops

Runner Up: The Best Non-fried Chicken

FA’s Chicken Pot Pie
Full post about Fat Angel Food & Libation

FA’s Chicken Pot Pie

Winner: The Best Bird (Other Than Chicken)

Praline Lacquered Texas Quail
Full post about Commander’s Palace

Praline Lacquered Texas Quail

Runner Up: The Best Bird (Other Than Chicken)

Duck Sausage
Full post about Rosamunde Sausage Grill

Duck Sausage

Winner: The Best Pork

Pad Kra Prow Moo Krob
Full post about Lers Ros Thai

Pad Kra Prow Moo Krob

Runner Up: The Best Pork

Shaved Pork Jowl
Full post about The European

Shaved Pork Jowl

Winner: The Best Beef

Moist Brisket
Full post about Black’s BBQ

Moist Brisket

Runner Up: The Best Beef

Smoked Wagyu Tartare
Full post about The European

Smoked Wagyu Tartare

Winner: The Best Lamb

Lamb Scrumpets
Full post about The Cavalier

Lamb Scrumpets

Runner Up: The Best Lamb

Leg of Lamb and Belly with Shallots, Shishito Peppers, Yogurt, and Calabrian Chile
Full post about Perla

Leg of Lamb and Belly with Shallots, Shishito Peppers, Yogurt, and Calabrian Chile

Winner: The Best Goat

Yiouvetsi
Full post about Evvia Estatorio

Yiouvetsi

Runner Up: The Best Goat

Harissa Goat Sausage and Goat Chop
Full post about Public Restaurant

Harissa Goat Sausage and Goat Chop

Winner: The Best Raw Meat Dish

Tartare of Lamb
Full post about The Cavalier

Tartare of Lamb

Runner Up: The Best Raw Meat Dish

Lamb Carpaccio
Full post about Orexi

Lamb Carpaccio

Winner: The Best Offal

Offal Thoughts
Full post about Liquid Bread

Offal Thoughts

Runner Up: The Best Offal

Fried Boudin
Full post about Cochon

Fried Boudin

Winner: The Best Fish

Seared Monkfish
Full post about Aliment

Seared Monkfish

Runner Up: The Best Fish

Fish. and Chips
Full post about Fish.

Fish. and Chips

Winner: The Best Raw Fish Dish

Scallop Sicilian Sashimi
Full post about Swan Oyster Depot

Scallop Sicilian Sashimi

Runner Up: The Best Raw Fish Dish

Arctic Char Tataki
Full post about Tataki

Arctic Char Tataki

Winner: The Best Shellfish Dish

Shrimp Curry
Full post about Rangoon Ruby

Shrimp Curry

Runner Up: The Best Shellfish Dish

The “Best Damn Crab Cioppino”
Full post about Sotto Mare

The “Best Damn Crab Cioppino”

Winner: The Best Crab

Crab Fat
Full post about Swan Oyster Depot

Crab Fat

Runner Up: The Best Crab

The Crab Roll
Full post about Fish.

The Crab Roll

Winner: The Best Octopus

Octapodaki Tou Yiorgou
Full post about Evvia Estatorio

Octapodaki Tou Yiorgou

Runner Up: The Best Octopus

Psito Oktopodi
Full post about Orexi

Psito Oktopodi

Winner: The Best Uni Dish

Live Uni
Full post about Swan Oyster Depot

Live Uni

Runner Up: The Best Uni Dish

Uni Yakimeshi
Full post about Tanto

Uni Yakimeshi

Here’s to another year of epic eating!